Board of Directors

Justin Chapman

Justin Chapman, MEMAH Board President

Journalist, Author, Poet & Actor

Justin Chapman is an author, journalist, travel writer, actor, poet, musician, and politician. Justin was the youngest elected member of the Altadena Town Council at age 19. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Diplomacy at USC. He has written for over 20 print and digital publications, frequently for the Pasadena Weekly. His book about his travels through Africa, Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia, was published by Rare Bird Books in January 2015.

He works as a Communications Associate at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He also serves as president of Men Educating Men About Health and as secretary of the West Pasadena Residents' Association. As a professional child actor he performed in dozens of commercials, television shows, and movies. He and his wife Mercedes live in Pasadena, California.
Dr. John Bianchi

Dr. John Bianchi


Dr. John Bianchi promotes health by improving the body’s ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery and by emphasizing the correct use of food and water to enhance physical vitality. He specializes in putting proper motion back into the pelvis, neck, mid back, low back and limbs, all in an effort to support and nourish the brain and spinal cord.

He is a graduate of the Life University Chiropractic College and a member of the California Chiropractic Association (CCA), Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), Pasadena Games Meet Director, Rose Bowl Quarterbacks Club and Oneona Club. He has been President of the San Gabriel District/California Chiropractic Association and was voted 2008-2009 Top Doc by Pasadena Magazine.

James McPherson

Publisher, Pasadena Now

James MacPherson is publisher of Pasadena Now, a daily online newsmagazine focused on the community, the arts, culture, education and lifestyle of Pasadena, California. It has won the City's "Harry Sheldon" Humanitarian award for community service, the local Red Cross chapter's "Business of the Year" Award 2007, and the Visual Artists Guild's "Excellence in Journalism" Award. James sits on the Board of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and in 1997 was president of P.O.S.H., a manufacturer of couture and sartorial private label men's and ladies wear for top-tier stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Stanley Korshak, Wilkes Bashford and Nordstroms.
Alex Montes

Alex Montes

Managing Partner, California Pizza Kitchen

  • Born and raised in Southern California. Grew up in Alhambra, California and currently resides in Arcadia, California.
  • Married to April Montes with four children: Ramsses, Ernesto, Miranda and Mia Montes.


  • He began his California Pizza Kitchen career as a Busser in 1994 at the Arcadia location. The different roles that he has worked have been all front of the house positions (server, host, counter, take out, trainer and designated shift leader).
  • Promoted to Management in 2000 and to General Manager of the Arcadia location in 2002. Recently the Pasadena location has been home. He has managed many stores in Los Angeles County.
  • Actively involved within the organization to improve operations and training new procedures. Has worked in developing managers within the company as a World Class Training Center.
  • Works with local organizations within the Pasadena community to better improve health and wellness.


  • He is an avid runner participating in running events over the past five years from marathons to 10K’s.
  • Horse racing enthusiast.
  • “Adventuring” around the city to find the gems and creating memories with his children.
  • Enjoys cooking and baking to help relieve stress.
Ralph Ringgold

Ralph Ringgold

Advertiser, Pasadena Star News

Ralph Ringgold is a media consultant for the Southern California Newspaper Group. His home office is the Pasadena Star News. Ralph consults with a variety of local businesses helping to reach their goals by working to increase revenues through executing print and digital advertising campaign solutions. He is a product of the Pasadena public schools and is a graduate of Whittier College. Ralph also enjoys playing tennis.
Maura Zappaterra

Dr. Mauro Zappaterra


Dr. Mauro Zappaterra graduated from Harvard Medical School with an MD and PhD and now specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a particular focus on regenerative medicine, neuro-rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, musculoskeletal medicine, and pain.

Dr. Zappaterra combines his training in rehabilitation medicine, research, nutrition, and various complementary and alternative medicine modalities such as Polarity Therapy, Reiki, and Craniosacral therapy to work holistically with individuals to optimize their potential and improve their quality of life.
Chris Chahinian

Chris Chahinian

Mr. Chris Chahinian has been living in Pasadena for more than 28 years. He is happily married and lives with his wife Rita and their three children. Chris was the founding President of the Board of Directors for American Armenian Rose Float Association. He is recognized in many Pasadena organizations and activities as a successful business owner and community leader. Chris sits on the board for the Pasadena Community Access Corporation as the District 4 representative overseeing the Pasadena Community Network. Chris continues his work in the community as founder and Chairman of many organizations. Due to his outstanding work in the community, he has earned the reputation of being an exceptional leader.
Swaminatha Gurudevan

Dr. Swaminatha Gurudevan

MD, Glendale Healthcare Partners

Dr. Swaminatha Gurudevan is a board certified cardiologist who has received many awards during his extensive career. He is currently practicing at Healthcare Partners in Glendale. Prior to Healthcare Partners, Dr. Gurudevan practiced at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His patients say they enjoy Dr. Gurudevan's lively sense of humor, which puts them at ease. In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of hobbies and interest, as well as spending quality time with his wife and two children. In addition to English, Dr. Gurudevan is fluent in Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi.
James Farr

James Farr

Principal, Tunnel Vision LLC

Relationships are invaluable in business and James Farr has perfected the art of maximizing them to produce unique marketing and media solutions for his clients. A Producer, Sports & Entertainment Executive and Social Entrepreneur, James’ client list has included Tupac, Flipsyde, LisaRaye Mc Coy, Beyonce, Smokin’ Grooves Tour (House of Blues), Brandy, Keyshawn Johnson, Jackie Joynor Kersee, Brian Shaw, Carmello Anthony, Yao Ming, D'Marco Farr and BDA Sports Management. With more than 15 years of experience in intellectual property business development, he has fine tuned his skills for creating genuine brand connections that resonate with today’s unique consumer mindset. His diverse professional background in VP level marketing for prominent sports & entertainment associations; James has created a niche for connecting corporate brands with influential multicultural and urban consumer groups. As a result he has produced events around NBA All Star Weekend, Super Bowl, Goodwill Games, Olympic Games, Maybach and has booked some of music’s biggest acts at several venues including House of Blues.

His well-rounded background managing every aspect of marketing and communications projects led him to the creation of Tunnel Vision LLC. His keen perception and practical approach are the foundation of his vision which allows him to bring his clients ideas to reality. James is a Board Member of Men Educating Men About Health (